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Why My Dentures Smell Bad & What to Do About It

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 5:06 pm
older person with dentures smiling

Dentures can have a positive impact on your life by boosting your confidence in eating and socializing due to their efficacy in replacing lost teeth. However, they might develop unpleasant odors if not cared for properly. Regular cleaning and proper maintenance are key to enjoying the benefits of your dentures and avoiding any unwelcome odors. Even so, keep reading as we go into detail about why your restorations may smell and other simple steps to prevent it.


How Can I Make My Dentures Last Longer?

September 13, 2023

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Dentures can be an amazingly lifelike solution to extensive tooth loss. They can vastly improve a patient’s quality of life by restoring their smile and chewing ability, but they require proper care and maintenance to keep working well and looking their best in the long run. Here’s what you should know about taking care of dentures so they can serve you beautifully for up to ten years.


Are Dental Implants Stronger Than Natural Teeth?

August 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 7:42 am
3D model of a dental implant

Dental implants are some of the most popular tooth replacement options, and given how powerful they are, it’s likely that they’re only going to become more prevalent with time. If you’ve looked into replacing teeth for any time at all, you’ve probably seen plenty of people raving about how incredible they are.

You may have even heard some people argue that dental implants are stronger than your natural teeth. It may sound hard to believe, but there are some pretty good arguments to be made that that’s the case. Here’s why someone might think that.


Risks of Using Store-Bought Teeth Whitening Too Often

July 21, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 1:32 am
person using store-bought teeth whitening products

Improving the charm of your smile is a common aspiration, often pursued through teeth whitening—a favored technique for achieving a more radiant look. Over-the-counter whitening products present a convenient array of choices, ranging from strips to toothpaste, readily found in numerous grocery and drug stores. Nevertheless, although these products are readily available, they may not always be the best selection for preserving your smile’s health and vibrancy. Continue reading to gain insights into the potential risks associated with excessive use of over-the-counter teeth whitening products.


What Should I Do If My Child Has Shark Teeth?

July 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 4:49 pm
A child's bottom row of teeth with an extra tooth behind the bottom front teeth

As a parent, you may feel concerned at the first sign of anything abnormal in your child’s life. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to something of medical concern. So, when you see something out of the ordinary in your child’s smile, you might already be dialing their dentist. If you see a second row of teeth on your child, don’t be alarmed! Here is more about the “shark teeth” phenomenon and what you should do to assuage your worries.


What are Some Signs That You’re a Good Candidate for Mini Dental Implants?

May 11, 2023

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Woman checking smile in a handheld mirror

Mini dental implants are much smaller than traditional ones. They offer all kinds of advantages, such as having a shorter recovery time and only requiring one visit to be placed. So how will you know if you’re an ideal candidate for mini dental implants? Here are some signs that you might be able to benefit from this advanced form of tooth replacement.


5 Signs You May Need to Upgrade Your Smile with New Dentures

April 24, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 4:17 pm
a woman happily showing off her smile with replaced dentures

If you have had to restore your smile with dentures, you are not alone. According to U.S. Census Data from 2020, roughly 41 million Americans wore dentures. This tooth loss solution not only gives you back your self-confidence, but everyday functions such as eating and talking with ease. However, no matter how well you take care of them, your prosthetic won’t last forever. Eventually, you will notice they may not fit as well as they used to or are worn down. Read on to learn five signs that it may be time to get a new restoration.


Dangers of Chewing on Ice

March 24, 2023

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Glass full of iceChewing on ice can be an easy way to cool down on a hot day. However, it can also be a sign of iron deficiency. No matter the reason behind your ice chewing, you can cause serious damage to your smile. Here’s how chomping on ice can harm your teeth and what you can do to break the habit.


Can Receded Gums Grow Back?

March 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 8:39 pm
person wondering if gums grow back

The gums are crucial in maintaining teeth stability by creating a seal around them, which also acts as a defense against bacteria. Gum recession indicates an issue with these tissues and can make your smile vulnerable to damage. If you’ve experienced gum recession, you may be wondering: can gums grow back? Continue reading to discover the causes of gum recession, if they can grow back, and how to prevent this from happening in the first place.


The Importance of Replacing Missing Molars

February 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 9:54 pm
a cartoon image of a missing tooth

It’s estimated that around 180 million Americans suffer from tooth loss, making it quite a widespread issue! But when we think about missing teeth, we typically imagine a smile filled with gaps—however, you can also lose your back teeth, which isn’t quite as obvious whenever you grin. That said, front and back teeth alike need to be replaced promptly to avoid further tooth loss and other potential issues. Here’s more from your dentist about why you shouldn’t wait to replace a missing molar, along with why a dental implant is going to be your best option for doing so.

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